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John C. Anderson Apartments

2015 Planning Achievement Award – Advancing Diversity and Social Change
John C. Anderson Apartments

Wallace, Roberts & Todd, Pennrose Development, Dr. Magnus Hershfeld Fund

The John C. Anderson Apartments is the first senior citizen housing project build by and for the Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender (LGBT) community in Pennsylvania and only the third in the nation.  It serves a documented need for affordable housing for LGBT seniors who suffer discrimination and lack extended family and children that heterosexual aging adults have to support them.  The building design also serves as useful model for how to build urban-friendly, senior housing in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.  The project minimizes generational segregation often associated with senior housing, feels welcoming to passers-by, and is fully engaged with and supported by the broader surrounding neighborhood.

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